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Welcome to NICA!

The National Independent Concessionaires Association is a membership-driven organization dedicated to strengthening relationships with the Fair, Festival, and Special Events Industries through effective communication, benefits, education, leadership, and solutions.

Our growing membership includes over 1000 mobile food and retail Concessionaires, Fairs, Festivals, and Associate Members in the Industry-related companies in the United States and Canada. NICA's large number of benefits include discounts on variety of items including food, beverages, supplies, travel, and lodging, so you can make the most of your season. 

NICA participates in a majority of State Fair annual conventions along with the WFA Convention and NICA Sysco Marketplace in January, NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show in February, Florida Federation of Fairs Convention and Trade Show in May, IFEA Convention and Expo in September, and IAFE Convention and Trade Show in November.

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Movin' Forward Together

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has thrust our lives into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our Industry have faced both health and economic impacts. We are here to help. The NICA Office is now located in a state mandated for “stay-at-home,” but the NICA Staff is fully operational as a telecommuting workforce and we are ready to assist you.

Our NICA Board of Directors understands that during this time of COVID-19, tight money and uncertainty is having an impact on many of our members’ businesses. Therefore, if you are a member in good standing experiencing a hardship paying your NICA membership dues please contact us today and we will provide a six month grace period.

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NICA Together: A Marketplace of Ideas, Networking, Products & Services
Pre-Register & Book Your Room Today!

Who:

YOU, Fair Industry Leaders, Owners, and Exhibitors.

What:

NICA Together is a non-exclusive Marketplace, educational sessions led by hands-on event industry thought leaders, and networking opportunities that are welcome and comfortable. A place where we all understand we are customers of each other and together we share a Fair guest to serve.

Where:

Tuscany Suites and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, is 6 blocks off the strip on Flamingo Road (directly behind Bally’s and Paris) and 6 minutes from the McCarran International Airport. If you are driving - Free parking! Room rate Sunday through Thursday is $59 with no resort fee, suite sized rooms with kitchenettes, and free Wi-Fi.

When:

48 hours: Tuesday evening, May 4th through Thursday afternoon, May 6th

Why:

  • Connect with your Fair friends and family
  • Share what is working in our Fair Community
  • Develop Back to Business Content

How:

  • Today: Pre-Register below for $89 (2 social events and 2 meals included)
  • Today: Book your hotel room reservation below

Program Schedule

Tuesday Evening:

NICA Together Welcome Reception – dinner on your own.

Wednesday:

Workshops, Roundtables, Boxed Lunch, Marketplace, Happy Hour – dinner on your own.

Thursday Morning:

General Session, Brunch, Backstage Event.

Travel home safely and Make it Happen, or stay a few more days and figure out How to Make it Happen!

2021 Scholarship Applications are Now Available!

With the financial challenges that many of our students and their families are facing right now, the NICA Foundation is honored to award life-changing funds to so many deserving students. Because of the overwhelming support from our donors in 2020, we were able to not only meet our goal of awarding $30,500, but exceed our goal and award $33,500 to our commendable recipients.

The scholarship application for 2021 now available online at www.nicainc.org/scholarship. Applications must be received in the NICA Office no later than June 1, 2021 to qualify. Start planning the next steps for the next chapter in your life today!

The discount and savings programs that NICA has negotiated with our premiere partners are just another way we are building relationships throughout this industry in order to bring much needed and REAL benefits to our members. See the latest Benefit Booklet for more details.

Member Directory

As a NICA Member, you have 24/7 access to your online Membership Directory.

Member Benefits

View our full benefits list and see how you can save more than the cost of a membership.

Industry Associations

Our sister organizations include IAFE, WFA, IAAPA, IISA, OABA, and CAFE.

Event Calendar

View our event calendar to see upcoming deadlines, events, and shows for NICA.

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